Excellent narration by Mr. Tim Curry.
Of course, the story itself is wonderful. I've listened to it twice now, and each time I become a bit misty-eyed towards the end.
Merry Christmas, fellow listeners. May the spirit of this story fill you with joy.
This is the perfect narrator for this novella. Tim Curry reading Scrooge is a treat, and it's one I think I may make a Christmas tradition.
I mean, this is Dickens through and through. For something similar, maybe The Chimes? It's Dickens, you're not going to go wrong with him.
I can't read it this well. He gives the characters life, and if I close my eyes, I can pretend I'm at one of Dickens' many public readings over 150 years ago.
Laugh, yes. Many times. Dickens knows how to make things funny, and Curry's performance is top-notch.
I loved it, loved it, loved it. Put it on on a quiet snowy evening and curl up under a blanket. Curry and Dickens were made for each other.
Written by Dickens, who understood loss and despair and hope so well, who evokes greed and bitterness and weaves them together so perfectly to show redemption is possible even for the miserliest Scrooge. Top this with the voice of a master, Tim Curry, the best! You will love it, winter or summer, close your eyes and drift...
Having never read A Christmas Carol before, I was pleasantly introduced to the work through Tim Curry's fantastic narration. The voices are all distinct and they have that Curry flavor you expect from his other works. Worth a listen and I will probably listen to it again around Christmas time!
Christmas should never pass without this classic tale of A Christmas Carol. Great way to refocus on the true importance of this holiday as a remembrance to forget your own selfishness and focus on our love for each other. Miracles are abundant when love is in abundance!
Like with other classic texts such as The Three Musketeers, my experience with A Christmas Carol has mostly been filtered through the dozens if not hundreds of movie adaptations (Muppets, Mickey Mouse, Mr. Magoo, Jim Carrey, Patrick Stewart, Kelsey Grammer, and more!). While most of these tales try to stay faithful to the original narrative, they, of course, are not the original. Perhaps the best way to encounter the tale itself is to, you know, actually read the book.
So I tried. I really tried. Several times. I'd start the book, usually around Christmas, and then quit before I was through the first stave. It's not because the book was boring. It's just that with all of the film adaptations out there, I didn't feel it was necessary to actually read the book--I knew the story by heart already without having to read it!
Well, this audiobook seems to have been the answer for my dilemma. It's a short work, and was much easier to engage with (for me) by listening rather than reading. There are several details, such as Scrooge's thoughts, which can't be represented on the screen, and therefore to get the complete picture of the story, it's essential to engage with the actual text. I gained new insights into the tale now that I've listened to Dickens's original words, and would highly recommend that other recalcitrant readers give this one a shot, too.
Tim Curry as a narrator is great. He's an excellent actor and a very talented voice actor. However, I felt like he overdid some of his impressions at times, particularly that of Scrooge, in parts where I felt could have been a little less forced. (Thus my four-star rating). But other than that, his rendition was very well-suited to the atmosphere that is A Christmas Carol.